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Natural Insect and Disease Control: Weeds in Your Lawn.

green_lawnLow soil fertility is the number one reason weeds will take over a lawn, so using a good organic compost distributed over your lawn every year will help a great deal. Weeds do not typically like fertile soils and thrive more in exhausted soils with little organic matter.

Also weed seeds tend to lose their viability sooner in bacteria-rich soil than in one poor in bacterial life, ” says Rodale Institute.

Do not cut your grass any shorter than 2 inches tall or a good rule of thumb is do not cut off more than 1/3 of the green leaf or blade of the grass. Cutting grass too short will not only encourage weeds to get established, it will hamper the growth of the grass. Keeping your grass a bit longer may mean having to mow it a bit more often, but the shade provided by the longer grass will cut down on watering, weeding and brown patches thus eliminating lawn care in the long run.

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Natural Insect and Disease Control: Problems With Hormonal Control.

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For organic growers and those in the biological control field, the initial enthusiasm for hormonal control of insect pests has been diminished by the discovery that, “there is danger that developments in this field could follow the pattern resulting from the almost exclusive reliance on conventional insecticides,” states C. B. Huffaker in a research paper prepared for the 1973 conference on integrated pest management held in Berkeley, CA.

He goes on further to say that, “although it’s thought that hormonal chemicals disrupt processes peculiar to insects, and although insect hormones are structurally different from that of vertebrates, we should not conclude that vertebrates are safe. It comes to mind that developers and manufacturers of chemical products have been incredibly lax in the past in testing for long-term effects. If we’d known in 1945 what we know now about DDT today, we might not have covered the earth with a layer of the stuff.”

Given the above information, it would seem that we should try every natural means possible to control insects rather than resorting to chemicals or GMOs when even scientists admit that they don’t know the long term effects of so-called “safe” biotechnology. And really, there is no such thing as a safe chemical. The human body is not designed to run on chemicals at all, but strictkly organic matter, and scientists know this. The ones developing toxic chemicals for pesticides and herbicides are doing it strictly for the money.